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Zimbabwe PM Tsvangirai Commissions Water Projects in Arid Matabeleland

Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on Thursday commissioned the Bubi-Lupane dam and also handed over new primary schools - Mpofu and Madotshwa - in Matebeleland province.

He's in the region on a three-day tour.

On Wednesday the prime minister was in Tsholotsho where he launched the $50 million Water, Sanitation and Hygiene program that was funded by Britain’s Department for International Development.

The program covers five provinces - Matabeleland North and South, Midlands, Masvingo and Mashonaland West - where over 7,000 broken down boreholes will be rehabilitated and 1,500 new ones sunk in schools.

Mr. Tsvangirai is also expected to meet with party members in Bulawayo following reported defections to the smaller MDC formation led by Industry Minister Welshman Ncube.

Water Resources Minister Samuel Sipepa Nkomo, who was part of the Prime Minister’s delegation, told VOA the newly commissioned Bubi-Lupane dam will provide a much needed relief to a population that has struggled with access to clean water for the longest time.